HarrisMartin's MDL Conference: Critical Developments in Mass Torts, MDLs, and Game-Changing Jurisprudence Faculty
Richard Arsenault has been recognized as one of America’s Most Influential Trial Lawyers by Trial Lawyer Magazine. He has participated in over 25 multidistrict litigation proceedings and currently serves as Co-Lead Counsel in the Actos MDL where a jury rendered a historic $9 billion dollar punitive damage verdict which has been reported as one of the nation’s largest personal injury verdicts. He subsequently served on the Actos MDL team that negotiated a $2.4 billion dollar settlement which is the largest single mass tort settlement for a drug that is still on the market. In the Pinnacle MDL pending in Dallas federal court where Richard serves on the Executive Committee, he was part of the Trial Team that secured a $502 million dollar jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy, after an 11 week trial. Richard was nominated for the 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the Public Justice Foundation and also selected as a 2015 member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. The National Trial Lawyers recognized Richard as the 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year Civil Plaintiff Finalist.
The New York Times has referred to Arsenault as a “big player” in the legal community. The Wall Street Journal has described him as having “national notoriety” and as a “big gun” among attorneys in competition for national leadership roles. They also noted he hosts “must-attend” legal seminars on the “hot cases” of the moment. Business Week has referred to him as “a Dean of the Louisiana tort bar”, USA Today featured him as a member of the “Legal Elite” and the New Orleans Times Picayune has referred to him as “an authority on class actions.”
Richard has over 300 articles and presentations to his credit and has authored many Law Review articles including one published in Federal Courts Law Review. Among other writings, he co-authored the chapter on Multidistrict Litigation in an ABA treatise. Richard was also asked by Judge Heyburn, JPML Chair, to participate in the Panel’s “Multidistrict Litigation Study Project”. He has personally participated in negotiating over $3.5 billion in complex litigation settlements in the last five years. Through a multi-phase selection process, the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys has chosen Richard to receive the organization’s Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Louisiana.
Richard’s commitment to legal excellence is reflected in years of serving as a faculty member for LSU’s Trial Advocacy Program, lecturing at Judicial Colleges and assuming leadership roles in both local as well as national Bar Associations. For over 25 years, Richard has had Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating. He likewise is recognized by many other peer reviewed publications including the “Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers,” “Best of United States,” “SuperLawyers” and the “Best Lawyers in America.”
Jennifer A. Moore represents individuals and families who have been injured as a result of harmful products, drugs, and medical devices, medical negligence, nursing home neglect and abuse, and automobile and truck wrecks. She has served as court-appointed liaison counsel in a multi-district litigation involving a defective product and as trial counsel in numerous cases holding wrongdoers accountable resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts.
In 2016, a Kentucky jury returned a verdict of $4,583,472.39 in favor of the young girl Ms. Moore represented against an insurance company who denied her catastrophic claim. She also served as co-lead trial counsel in a Kentucky case that resulted in a $3.2 million jury verdict for the estate of a man who died in a vehicle fire.
Ms. Moore has successfully led numerous class and complex litigation cases in both state and federal courts. She currently serves as court-appointed plaintiffs’ national co-lead counsel in In re: Onglyza (Saxagliptin) and Kombiglyze XR (Saxagliptin and Metformin) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2809 (E.D. Ky.). She previously served as court-appointed plaintiffs’ liaison counsel in In re: Yamaha Motor Corp. Rhino ATV Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2016 (W.D. Ky.). She is also involved in several nationwide litigations, including Essure Product Cases, JCCP 4887; In re: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2738 (D. N.J.); In re Xarelto Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2592 (E.D. La.); In re: Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation, MDL 15-02641 (D. Az.); In re: Cook Medical, Inc. IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2570 (S.D. Ind.); In re Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation, MDL 15-2666 (D. Minn.); In Re: Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2151, (C.D. Cal.); In re C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2187 (S.D.W. Va.); In re American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2325 (S.D.W. Va.); In re Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2326 (S.D.W. Va.); In re Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2327 (S.D.W. Va.); In re Coloplast Corp., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2387 (S.D.W. Va.); In re Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2440 (S.D.W. Va.); In re Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 13-2441 (DHF-FLN) (D. Minn.); In re DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2197 (N.D. Ohio); In re DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 3:11-md-02244 (N.D. Tex.); and In re: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2545 (N.D. IL.).
Eric D. Holland was born in Illinois, growing up in a construction-trades family. During high school, Eric earned varsity letters in three sports (baseball, basketball and golf) and began working construction during summer breaks. Following high school, he attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics. He attended the St. Louis University School of Law, where he was elected to the Law Review. Eric worked his way through college and law school in the construction business, often working overtime with his father and learning the value of hard work and precision. Since his graduation from law school, he has been admitted to the state bars of Illinois, Missouri and Michigan as well as federal courts in Texas and Colorado. He has also been admitted to practice in particular cases in dozens of other states and forums and has led litigations from coast to coast. He now leads a nationally-recognized law firm based in St. Louis.
Eric limits his practice to railroad and transportation accidents, mass torts, class actions and other complex litigation. He has litigated cases throughout the United States and has obtained a host of record-setting jury verdicts and settlements. In single injury cases, he obtained over 25 multi-million dollar results in the first 20 years of his law practice involving railroad, product liability, and trucking matters. Over the last decade, Eric has developed his firm's aggregate litigation practice, which has followed the path of his early career. Most recently, he served as Plaintiffs' counsel where he successfully represented over 200 franchise owners in a business interruption matter that resulted in a multi-million dollar recovery and as co-lead counsel in a banking class action that resulted in a settlement valued at $20 million. His acumen in complex litigation was noted by a judge presiding over one of Eric's cases, finding that his handling of the case was “exemplary” and that he had a “command of complex litigation” that the judge praised. Eric is regularly hired by the country’s seriously injured railroad workers, catastrophic injury victims and their families, as well as a wide variety of other clients including publicly-traded companies, water districts, hospitals, villages, international companies, judges and consumers. He is also approved counsel for a national labor union.
James M. Williams, Chehardy Sherman Williams, Metairie, LA